David strapped on his sword over his fighting attire and tried to walk around, but he was not used to them. 1 David said to Saul, “I can’t walk in these things, for I’m not used to them.” So David removed them.
David said to the messenger, “Tell Joab, ‘Don’t let this thing upset you. 1 There is no way to anticipate whom the sword will cut down. 2 Press the battle against the city and conquer 3 it.’ Encourage him with these words.” 4
When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 1 and officers, “Come in and strike them down! Don’t let any escape!” So the royal guard and officers struck them down with the sword and left their bodies lying there. 2 Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 3
The Lord sent a messenger 1 and he wiped out all the soldiers, princes, and officers in the army of the king of Assyria. So Sennacherib 2 returned home humiliated. 3 When he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons 4 struck him down with the sword.
Who stirs up this one from the east? 1 Who 2 officially commissions him for service? 3 He hands nations over to him, 4 and enables him to subdue 5 kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, like windblown straw with his bow. 6
I predestine you to die by the sword, 1 all of you will kneel down at the slaughtering block, 2 because I called to you, and you did not respond, I spoke and you did not listen. You did evil before me; 3 you chose to do what displeases me.”
For take note, I am already beginning to bring disaster on the city that I call my own. 1 So how can you possibly avoid being punished? 2 You will not go unpunished! For I am proclaiming war against all who live on the earth. I, the Lord who rules over all, 3 affirm it!’ 4
I will direct 1 my jealous anger against you, and they will deal with you in rage. They will cut off your nose and your ears, 2 and your survivors will die 3 by the sword. They will seize your sons and daughters, and your survivors will be consumed by fire.
Say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Realize I am about to desecrate my sanctuary – the source of your confident pride, 1 the object in which your eyes delight, 2 and your life’s passion. 3 Your very own sons and daughters whom you have left behind will die 4 by the sword.
Which of the trees of Eden was like you in majesty and loftiness? You will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword! This is what will happen to Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
“This is what you must say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those living in the ruins will die 1 by the sword, those in the open field I will give to the wild beasts for food, and those who are in the strongholds and caves will die of disease.
I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and bring you out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them fully armed, a great company with shields of different types, 1 all of them armed with swords.
This is what the Lord says: “Because Edom has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 He chased his brother 4 with a sword; he wiped out his allies. 5 In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; 6 in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. 7
So 1 I looked 2 and here came 3 a pale green 4 horse! The 5 name of the one who rode it 6 was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 7 They 8 were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 9 famine, and disease,
They 1 captured it, its king, and all its surrounding cities and put the sword to them. They annihilated everyone who lived there; they 2 left no survivors. They 3 did to Debir and its king what they 4 had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron. 5
(The Danites failed to conquer their territory, 1 so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it 2 Dan after their ancestor. 3 )
So David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, 1 “Come on! 2 Let’s escape! 3 Otherwise no one will be delivered from Absalom! Go immediately, or else he will quickly overtake us and bring 4 disaster on us and kill the city’s residents with the sword.” 5
When they were near the big rock that is in Gibeon, Amasa came to them. Now Joab was dressed in military attire and had a dagger in its sheath belted to his waist. When he advanced, it fell out. 1
“Note well, you still have to contend with Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, 1 who tried to call down upon me a horrible judgment when I went to Mahanaim. 2 He came down and met me at the Jordan, and I solemnly promised 3 him by the Lord, ‘I will not strike you down 4 with the sword.’